DRC has been granted a valid four-year certification
DRC was successfully audited against the CHS during the initial HQAI baseline audit in 2017 and certification was granted and valid for four years, providing periodic checks confirm ongoing conformity with the standard. The auditors based their assessment on an internal policy review and interviews at DRC HQ, as well as with staff, partners, and communities at selected DRC country offices. The auditor's onsite visits and process requires the collection and processing of feedback from, and participation of, affected populations, and as such is a testament to DRC’s broader commitment to accountability.
Humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence
Since the initial audit, DRC has maintained certification in subsequent audit phases, and this successful result means that DRC’s certification will remain valid until 2021, after which it must be renewed.
The CHS certificate provided means that DRC has been assessed as compliant with the nine CHS commitments and is committed to addressing any areas of weakness identified through audit processes.
DRC is entitled to describe itself as a CHS-certified organization in correspondence, communications and funding proposals. DRC is also entitled to use the certification mark (logo) in organisational communication and public relations, e.g. website, letterheads. This is available for use by all DRC country operations.